Banpresto Co., Ltd. (株式会社バンプレスト Kabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto) is a Japanese toy company, and a former game developer and publishing, headquartered in the Shinagawa Seaside West Building in Shinagawa, Tokyo. The current iteration of the company was formed on April 1, 2008, with the focus on the toy consumer business.
|Banpresto Co., Ltd|
|Kabushiki gaisha Banpuresuto|
|Founded||April 1977 (as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd.) (original company, merged with BEC to form B.B. Studio)|
April 1, 2008 (current company)
|Headquarters||Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan|
|Parent||Bandai Namco Holdings|
The original company was founded April 1977 as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd.. During the 1980s it worked mainly as a subcontractor for Sega and its arcade division, and the company was renamed Coreland in 1982. It started to be partially owned by Bandai in 1989, when it gained its current name. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings in March 2006.
Banpresto has created a variety of Japan-only video games, most notably the Super Robot Wars series. Other projects include anime tie-in games such as the Slam Dunk basketball games and Tenchi Muyou! Game Hen. Banpresto also made the Another Century's Episode series, a collaboration with FromSoftware, and the Compati Hero series of games which crosses over the Ultraman, Kamen Rider and Gundam franchises. Banpresto also makes several varieties of mechanical prize-winning games. As Coreland, the company has produced a number of games for Sega, including Pengo, 4-D Warriors and I'm Sorry.
4th Super Robot Wars (第4次スーパーロボット大戦, Dai 4 Ji Sūpā Robotto Taisen) is a tactical RPG for the Super Famicom developed by both Banpresto and Winky Soft and published by Banpresto. It's the 5th entry to the classic Super Robot Wars series and the last entry to the Divine Crusaders Arc. It was first released on March 17, 1995, and received mostly positive, highly praising the improvements from the last game while criticizing the game's increased difficulty. The game is ported into the Sony PlayStation in January 26, 1996, under the name 4th Super Robot Wars Scramble (第4次スーパーロボット大戦S, Dai 4 ji Sūpā Robotto Taisen S).
The game is partially remade and divided into two parts on under the name Super Robot Wars F (スーパーロボット大戦F, Sūpā Robotto Taisen F) on September 27, 1997, for the Sega Saturn and on December 10, 1998, for the PlayStation. The sequel, Super Robot Wars F Final (スーパーロボット大戦F完結編, Sūpā Robotto Taisen F Kanketsu-hen) is released later on April 23, 1998, for the Sega Saturn and in April 15, 1999, for the PlayStation. The game also became available for the PlayStation Network on July 6, 2011 (4 Scramble) and November 19, 2011 (Both F and F Final).Another Century's Episode
Another Century's Episode (アナザーセンチュリーズエピソード, Anazā Senchurīzu Episōdo), abbreviated as A.C.E., is a mecha action video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Banpresto. It was released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan on January 27, 2005.
Another Century's Episode is a fast-paced action title featuring characters, mecha, and story elements from nine famous Japanese anime. However, while Super Robot Wars is known for combining super robots, like Mazinger Z, and real robots, like Mobile Suit Gundam, Another Century's Episode exclusively focuses on real robots (later games, however, have included one to two Super Robot series in their casts).Another Century's Episode Portable
Another Century's Episode Portable (アナザーセンチュリーズエピソード ポータブル), abbreviated as A.C.E. P, is a mecha action video game developed by From Software and published by Banpresto and Namco Bandai. It was released for the PlayStation Portable on January 13, 2011.B.B. Studio
B.B. Studio (株式会社B.B.スタジオ, Kabushiki gaisha B. B. Sutajio) is a Japanese video game development company. The company in its current form is a result of a merger between Bandai Entertainment Company and Banpresto video game assets, by their parent company, Bandai Namco Entertainment.BEC (Bandai Entertainment Company), formerly known as Interbec, was a joint venture by Bandai and Human Co, Ltd. for video game development. They were best known for developing licensed video games for Bandai including Digimon, Dragon Ball Z and Mobile Suit Gundam. Once Bandai and Namco merged as Bandai Namco, Bandai Entertainment Company became a video game development subsidiary for the merged company.
Before Bandai merged with Namco, both Banpresto and BEC were video game development subsidiaries for Bandai. On April 2011, Bandai Namco merged BEC with Banpresto in order to streamline and unify the Bandai gaming subsidiaries under one division. whilst the Banpresto brand was re-established as a toy company as part of Bandai Namco's toys and hobby business.Compati Hero Series
The Compati Hero Series (コンパチヒーローシリーズ, Konpachi Hīrō Shirīzu) is a video game series published exclusively in Japan by Banpresto and Namco Bandai Games (formerly Bandai) that began in 1990, that serves as 16 crossover teams between Ultraman, Kamen Rider (also known as Masked Rider) and Gundam.It was the first video game series to involve a crossover between animated giant robots and live action tokusatsu heroes from different established franchises. The series makes this possible by using caricaturized versions of the characters (officially referred as "SD" or "super deformed" characters), which allowed the different heroes and villains to co-exist and interact with each other without the need to reconcile their contrasting styles, settings, or sizes. The first game in the series, SD Battle Ōzumō: Heisei Hero Basho for the Famicom, which mixed franchises that were originally licensed to Popy, was developed as a congratulatory present to Yukimasa Sugiura when he was promoted to president of Banpresto at the time, which was soon followed by series of spin-offs and related games featuring the same cast of characters that developed into the Compati Hero Series.
The series was successful with children thanks to the SD Gundam craze, but after the release of Charinko Hero for the GameCube, there were no new games afterward for nearly eight years. Banpresto released a new game in the series titled Lost Heroes, for the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Portable on September 2012.List of Bandai Namco video game franchises
Bandai Namco Holdings is a Japanese holdings company that specializes in video games, anime, toys, arcades and amusement parks, and is currently based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. The company was formed following the merger of Bandai and Namco on September 29, 2005, with both companies' assets being merged into a single corporate entity. The video game branch of the company is Bandai Namco Entertainment, formerly called Namco Bandai Games, and continues to develop games for home consoles, arcades and mobile phones internationally. The company is best known for their video game franchises, with Pac-Man becoming their highest-grossing franchise with over US$12.8 billion as of 2016, as well as becoming the company's official mascot and flagship character, while Tekken is their best selling franchise, selling over 40 million copies across multiple platforms. As of 2017, the company is the third-largest video game company in Japan, the seventh-largest in the world, and the largest toy company by revenue.Bandai Namco owns former developer Banpresto, who operates as a toy company in Japan and was purchased in 2008, and acquired a 95% stake in D3 Publisher in 2009. Additionally, the company owns the video game rights to several anime licenses, including Dragon Ball, One Piece and Sailor Moon; in this instance, the first entry for these franchises will list the first game developed or published by Bandai Namco or a subsidiary company even if the series did not begin at that time period. Bandai Namco also owns the rights to the Baten Kaitos, Project X Zone and Xenosaga franchises, after developer Monolith Soft was sold to Nintendo in 2007. The company retains the rights to defunct developers BEC, who merged with Banpresto in 2011, and Sunrise Interactive, who closed in 2008.List of Sailor Moon video games
The Sailor Moon video game series is based on Naoko Takeuchi's manga and anime series of the same name. The series was released in Japan during the height of the media franchise's popularity. By 1995, there were ten game releases, each with sales figures of about 200,000 to 300,000. By 1998, twenty games were released. They have never been released in any other country, with the exception of the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon game developed by Angel, which was released in France in 1994.Namco System 246
The Namco System 246 is a development of the Sony PlayStation 2 technology as a basis for an arcade system board. It was released in December 2000 on its first game Bloody Roar 3. Like the Sega NAOMI, it is widely licensed for use by other manufacturers. Games such as Battle Gear 3 and Capcom Fighting Evolution are examples of System 246-based arcade games that are not Namco products.Summon Night
Summon Night (サモンナイト, Samon Naito) is a series of role-playing video games, mixed with elements of a visual novel based dating sim. The series is primarily developed by Flight-Plan, published by Banpresto, and owned by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The character designs are by Izuka Takeshi. The series has had six main line entries, and seven spin-off entries, spanning the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS video game consoles.
Until 2015, no main entries to the series had been released outside of Japan. The only titles localized into English were the spinoff games Summon Night: Twin Age, Summon Night: Swordcraft Story and its sequel, Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2.
In April 2015, it was announced that Gaijinworks would translate and publish the latest entry in the series, Summon Night 5, in North America and Europe. On December 15, 2015, it was released in North America but a European release never came to fruition. The game was considered a success in North America, with its sales being enough to warrant Gaijinworks to translate its sequel and Summon Night 6 was released in both North America and Europe in late 2017.Super Robot Wars
Super Robot Wars (スーパーロボット大戦, Sūpā Robotto Taisen) is a series of tactical role-playing video games produced by Banpresto, which is now a Japanese division of Bandai Namco Entertainment. Starting out as a spinoff of the Compati Hero Series, the main feature of the franchise is having a story that crosses over several popular mecha anime, manga and video games, allowing characters and mecha from different titles to team up or battle one another. The first game in the franchise was released for the Nintendo Game Boy on April 20, 1991. Later spawning numerous games that were released on various consoles and handhelds. Due to the nature of crossover games and licensing involved, only a few games have been released outside Japan, and in English (early English-language games only feature Banpresto's original characters and mecha, and a flagship installment were to never be released until 2016, with the English release of Super Robot Wars V in Southeast Asian countries). The franchise celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.Super Robot Wars Alpha
Super Robot Wars Alpha (スーパーロボット大戦α, Sūpā Robotto Taisen Arufa), is part of the Super Robot Wars franchise, and was published for the PlayStation by Banpresto in 2000. Super Robot Wars Alpha is the first game of the Alpha series, which spans the PlayStation and the PlayStation 2 platforms.Super Robot Wars UX
Super Robot Wars UX (スーパーロボット大戦UX, Sūpā Robotto Taisen Yū Ekkusu) is a tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS developed by Banpresto and published by Bandai Namco Games. It is the first Super Robot Wars (SRW) game for the 3DS and was released in Japan on March 14, 2013. The theme of this game is "Possibilities".Ultraman Fighting Evolution 2
Ultraman Fighting Evolution 2 is the second game in the Ultraman Fighting Evolution series. This game was released on the PlayStation 2 system.Ultraman Fighting Evolution 3
Ultraman Fighting Evolution 3 is the third game in the Ultraman Fighting Evolution game of the Ultraman Fighting Evolution series to feature Ultramen and Ultra Monsters from the Heisei era with the addition of Ultraman 80.